How to Handle Being Home for the Holidays

Going home for the holidays can be the best feeling or the worst feeling for many students, especially if they have not been home all semester. Getting through the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful though, there are many ways to combat the holiday blues.

During the fall season, seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD. SAD is four times more common in women than in men. The age of onset is estimated to be between the age of 18 and 30.

A mental health regimen is a very important thing for every college student to have in order to maintain a healthy and happy.

This semester has been very different from any semester Southeastern has ever seen and now all exams will be online directly after the Thanksgiving holiday providing even more stress on students having to take exams while back home.

Mallory Rowe, a sophomore at Southeastern, said,” My mental health has been really bad all year. I try to keep myself busy but there is nothing to do and now I have to go home where there is even less to do.”

The Thanksgiving holiday will last from November 25 through the 27 with some exams beginning on that Saturday the 28.

Make sure to have a stress-free environment in order to stay focused and get the best possible grade.

Once exams are over, students will have from December 7 through January 20 to enjoy their winter breaks.

Emma Warren said,” I love going home. My family is what makes me happiest, but I will miss being out with all my friends all the time.”

A great way to combat seasonal depression or just family drama is to make sure there are plenty of hobbies to do to make sure the brain is always being stimulated in a good way.

Another fun way to combat stress is to exercise, and it gives an excuse to leave and get out of the house and just get some fresh air.

Melanie Toups said,” Ever since I’ve been going out for a run everyday I have felt so much happier. My body looks and feels good and that really helps with my mental health too.”

With Covid still in full effect, the holiday season should not become another stressor for college students. The best way to have a happy holiday is to have a healthy mental health regimen.

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